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If I were to melt copper wire onto wood...? Answered

If I were to melt copper wire onto wood, would it still have conductive properties?

I'm trying to melt it onto a dried piece of driftwood to look like veins and then solder LEDs onto it.

Any ideas?


what about using a stained glass soldering iron like the Hakko FX-601? It has a small tip and you can control the temp. ( I may be barking up the wrong tree since I only use it for soldering glass using flux and copper tape and soldering brass and zinc.)


3 years ago

I think that this is what you are looking for , you will need to solder the copper togeter but it works like a charm.


3 years ago

First of all you will char the wood so the copper wont stick.

Second problem is that the copper is not the same thickness at all places, meaning that it would heat up and start to burn at the tight spaces.

I think your best option is to scratch/carve the veins you want and place some copper wire into them and glue it with dots of glue in between the led's.

If you don't mind losing the patina of the wood you can sand the copper after you glued it in place so it is flush with the wood.

Yeah I was expecting the wood to get torched a little. I was trying to think of ways that would help it from igniting. Probably soak it overnight or something.

I was just curious if the copper would still carry the flow. What kind of power source would you guys recommend then?

I was thinking about using a couple hundred on this branch. Was scoping these out on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Lifespan-White-Emitting-Diode-Light/dp/B00T2S666I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1430291802&sr=8-3&keywords=led+diode+blue

Pouring molten copper onto wet wood isn't a good idea at all.

I'm thinking you'll dance a lively jig down to the casualty section of the closest hospital because that hot copper is bound to splatter all over once it hits the wet wood.

The copper is also going to oxidise to a green color which might not go with your original look that you imagined.

Try melting solder wire into the crevices, the lower melting temp might make it a safer option.

Another option would be to shou sugi ban the wood with a light char to make it more heat resistant.

Might also look quite cool, dark wood with silvery solder veins.

It would work but the wood would probably catch fire in the proccess.

even though electronics is not my things, I don't see why it wouldn't work. It would likely scorch the wood though

If you had solid copper wire, Could you pound it in to the wood? Or dremel out a channel and put the wire in to it?


Although melting wood would look Quite Trippy, can't be reasonably done at home(if at all) Scorching would definitely be a problem, and pounding it in would leave rough edges from the brittle wood snapping.

I would suggest you Use a Dremel and carve a channel like Cerber Said. Hold it in place with some Clear 2-part Epoxy.

If you don't have a Dremel you may be able to buy the knock off version at Walmart or something. We have Canadian Tire up north and they sell one for $15 including a few bits too !

and to answer you Actual Question,

as long as the Wire is intact, Yes it will still conduct electricity ! Just be careful not to overload the current and stick to 5V. that way if someone touches it they won't get zapped (or at least not as badly)


3 years ago

It will probably oxidize some, so that oxide layer that forms will need to be cleened off, and it will likely urn the wood too, but I think you already know that much. Sure, why not? Once the metal cools and solidifies, you should be able to solder to it, but mind you if it is a large blob of solder, it may take a LOT of heat to get it hot enough to reflow solder.